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Florida: No. 2 state in the nation for asbestos deaths
Florida ranked No. 2 for asbestos-related deaths
The first-ever analysis of federal mortality records finds that 10,000 Americans die each year from asbestos exposure, and projects that up to 10 times that many will die in the next decade, according to a study by the EWG Action Fund, a non-profit environmental research group based in Washington, D.C.
The study details for the first time asbestos-related deaths in each state and county for the period between 1979 and 2001.
Florida, No. 2 asbestos state
Florida is the No. 2 state in the nation for asbestos-related deaths, according to the study.
At least 3,025 people in Florida were killed by asbestos between 1979 and 2001. The central Gulf Coast region around Tampa, and specifically Broward and Pinellas counties, represent the geographical areas most affected.
On the government’s list of the Top 100 counties in the nation recording deaths due to asbestos, Florida contains 12 counties, a figure matched by New Jersey and California. These 12 Florida state counties include: Broward (ranked No. 10 in the nation), Pinellas (No. 11), Palm Beach (No. 22), Dade (No. 23), Hillsborough (No. 45), Pasco (No. 48), Lee (No. 54), Duval (No. 58), Volusia (No. 85), Orange (No. 92), Sarasota (No. 93), and Brevard (No. 100).
Time to seek justice!
The study projects that in the next decade 35,000 people nationwide will be diagnosed with the deadliest form of asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. In the United States, mesothelioma accounts for about one quarter of all asbestos fatalities. This disease is most often the result of industrial workplace exposure to asbestos – and is usually contracted through employers’ blatant disregard for health and safety.
That’s why people diagnosed with mesothelioma and surviving family members have strong cases in court. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please complete the form on this page for a free evaluation of your legal rights. There is no cost to you until we win a settlement or a verdict.
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